Tag: social

Making Connections That Count

Roberto Rivera explores the vital connection between social and cultural competence—for both students and teachersMy father is from Nicaragua, and when I was growing up, he brought several of his siblings to the U.S. to live with us. We mostly spoke Spanish at home, and there was a disconnect at school, because my teachers believed my “learning acquisition” in...

Social Climbing

Yue Meng and Nile Stanley see the educational value in social networking sitesIf you type “Facebook educational usage” into Google, it will show millions of relevant sites in just .278 seconds. With the popularity of Facebook and other social networking sites, such as Twitter and Renren (China), there is an assumption that such sites are useful in classrooms and...

Call to Action: Protect Funding for Linguistics and Social Sciences

This week the U.S. House of Representatives will debate the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806). The bill could seriously jeapordize federal funding for research in linguistics and social sciences by reducing funding for National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported research by $120 million. This nearly 50% budget cut would change the NSF funding process in ways that would...

Multilingual Exposure Improves Children’s Social Skills

Empathy Increases with Linguistic ExperienceYoung children only have to hear more than one language spoken at home to become better communicators, a new study from University of Chicago psychologists finds. Researchers discovered that children from multilingual environments are better at interpreting a speaker's meaning than children who are exposed only to their native tongue. Surprisingly, children do not even...

Social Media Speeds Up Language Evolution

John Sutherland, a professor of English from University College London, led a study that confirmed the English Language is evolving faster than ever due to social media and communication technology. Sutherland's study on common social media and “text speak” terms found that most British parents were baffled by the language used by their children. According to the study, which...